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Spendor D9 : 3-way floorstand loudspeaker

The new Spendor D9 is an elegant, modern, full-size, 3 way, 4 driver, floor-standing loudspeaker. The D9 delivers music with exceptional resolution and a vibrant realism that conventional loudspeakers cannot match. It delivers low frequencies with breath‐taking power, scale and authority. It has a beautiful coherence and transparency across the entire sound spectrum. It is easy to place in a multiplicity of rooms, easy to drive, very efficient, plays any kind of music and, if you have the inclination, it will play very loud without compression. With its tall slim enclosure and smart modern finishes D9 is entirely at home in any modern living environment. It will do full justice to the finest ancillary equipment. This new level of performance is the direct result of important Spendor innovations.

Spendor LPZ (Linear Pressure Zone) tweeter:
The new Spendor LPZ tweeter is built around a stainless steel front plate that forms a damped acoustic chamber directly in front of a lightweight woven polyamide diaphragm. The front plate incorporates a phase correcting micro foil to equalise sound wave path lengths across the diaphragm surface, simultaneously it generates a symmetrical pressure environment on both faces of the tweeter diaphragm so the tweeter operates in a balanced linear mode. The result is perfect focus, uninhibited sound transmission and a very wide listening window. The front plate also provides excellent mechanical protection for the delicate tweeter dome and a smart modern appearance.

Spendor 18cm drive units developed for D9:
The D9 mid‐bass drive unit has an advanced EP77 polymer cone mid‐range drive unit. Housed in an isolated enclosure at the top of the cabinet, it handles only mid‐range frequencies which eliminates mid‐low frequency intermodulation. It delivers music with superb clarity and vanishingly low colouration. The two D9 low frequency drivers have ultra‐rigid, two part bonded, lightweight Kevlar composite cone assemblies. The drivers are in a large dedicated low‐frequency acoustic enclosure. Like Spendor`s highly regarded A9 loudspeaker (now superseded by D9) the D9 delivers accurate powerful bass without distortion or compression. All three drivers feature cast magnesium alloy chassis, high efficiency motor systems, optimised electro‐dynamic damping, and excellent thermal dissipation for wide dynamic range. New polymer surrounds with very stable molecular composition reduce driver `break‐in` time significantly.

Fifth generation Spendor Linear flow port technology:
Our new fifth generation Spendor Linear flow port incorporates an aerodynamically profiled central baffle (like an aircraft wing) to create a tapered twin-venturi port. Air at the port extremities is decelerated and there is a further reduction in air velocity in the large tapered area at the cabinet base. The result is evenly balanced acoustic pressure and air-flow along the whole length of the port. Spendor`s Linear Flow port technology delivers deep articulate bass with natural timing, even in small rooms or close to a wall.

Spendor dynamic cabinet damping:
Timing is fundamental to the musical experience. In conventional loudspeakers rigid high density cabinet panels are mass-damped to reduce cabinet-talk. Spurious energy is stored and released slowly. This introduces unacceptable blurring and slowing of the sound. Spendor`s solution is asymmetric aperture bracing of the cabinet to disperse internal waves. Dynamic Damping with small low mass constrained polymer dampers at key energy interface points instantly convert any spurious energy in the cabinet into inaudible heat. The result is a silent rigid cabinet and naturally fast engaging sound.

Elegant modern design:
The D9 looks as good as it sounds. Our premium finishes perfectly complement today`s ontrend interiors. Spendor Dark, a diamond polished gloss lacquer over a dark natural veneer, for an alluring modern look. Satin white, a silky pure white lacquer, for a distinctive contemporary look. Dark ebony for a deep luxurious look, and natural rosewood for a timeless exotic look. Standard finishes are light oak, dark walnut, cherry and black ash. The plinth is finished in satin black lacquer.

Specifications

Description: 3 way floorstand loudspeaker
Enclosure type: Rigid, asymmetric braced, vented cabinet with dynamic damping
Vent type: Fifth generation Spendor linear flow, tapered twin-venturi port
HF driver: Spendor 22mm LPZ polyamide dome
Mid driver: Spendor 180mm ep77 polymer cone
Bass driver: 2 x Spendor 180mm Kevlar composite cone
Frequency response: 27Hz-25kHz +/- 3dB anechoic on reference axis
Sensitivity for 1W @ 1m: 90dB for 1 watt at 1 metre
Impedance nominal: 8 ohms
Crossover frequencies: 500Hz, 4.2kHz
Power handling: 250 watts unclipped programme
Connections: Single pair recessed precision binding posts
Magnetic shielding: All drive units shielded
Dimensions H x W x D: 1125 x 210 x 385mm (excluding spikes)
Net weight (each): 35kg

 

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